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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
A dozen inmates at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup have been working for months to help bring back the American chestnut tree, and in the process give themselves a bit of a comeback as well. This week inmates and administrators at the prison handed over 603 chestnut seedlings, grown in a greenhouse on the institute grounds, that they have raised from chestnuts to 12-inch sprouts. The seedlings were accepted by representatives from the American Chestnut Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the tree species.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun Reporter | July 15, 2008
It's the kind of theft that Cindy McKay knows well. Except this time, investigators say, she is the victim. An employee in the state prison system's finance department is set to go to trial next month in Howard County for allegedly forging the endorsement on a check made out to McKay, a serial swindler who will be sentenced tomorrow after pleading guilty to murder. CherRon Nichole Johnson, 36, was charged last month with cashing a $426 state income tax refund check intended for McKay, a 52-year-old inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women who has been convicted more than a dozen times for theft and embezzlement and was the focus of a three-part series in The Sun this year.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | January 27, 1995
A man confined to a psychiatric institution after killing a Baltimore police officer and wounding seven others in a 1976 shooting spree has asked to be granted daily outings from prison.The inmate's recent request -- permitted by a quirk in state regulations -- has produced a storm of outrage from the slain officer's family and police, prompting state prison officials to say the plea has no chance of winning approval. A formal hearing is not expected for some 12 months.John Earl Williams, who is 37, was sentenced to a life-plus-60-year sentence and sent to the Patuxent Institution on the premise that he could be rehabilitated.
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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,Sun Staff | May 22, 1999
Psychologist Elizabeth Feil grew up in a big brick house -- with an elevator and pool -- on the Main Line in Philadelphia. On Tuesday night, state police say, she wound up in a Pulaski Highway motel with a tattooed former patient who had just escaped from prison.Police, with help from her angry husband, Glenn Bosshard, who has been courting the media this week, have made the 43-year-old Feil -- a child of privilege with an Ivy League education -- the unlikely star of a tawdry prison escape drama.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Staff Writer | October 22, 1993
Wardens and other representatives of five of the eight Jessup-area state prisons told a local citizen board last night that they would inform it when convicts -- particularly sex offenders -- are released into the community.But the officials said that they were concerned that announcing the release of every inmate convicted of a serious crime could place residents in a perpetual state of fear. And if the community knows the name of the person freed, that could put the freed convict in danger, they said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel | andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | December 17, 2009
A Glen Burnie teenager found playing a videogame at home the day after killing his mother and leaving her body in her bedroom pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder. William Joseph Skiratko, 18, stood motionless while relatives watched silently as he admitted to Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Pamela L. North that he fatally stabbed Elizabeth Anne Skiratko, 45. Conditions of the plea include a recommendation that Skiratko be evaluated for treatment in the youthful offender program of Patuxent Institution.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
The inmates' requests often start small, former corrections officers say: a ballpoint pen, for example, or a sandwich from beyond the prison walls. "You may think it's insignificant," said former Cpl. Sheila Hill, who retired last year from the Patuxent Institution in Jessup. "But it's not. " Even small gifts cross the clear line that should be drawn between inmates and officers, Hill and others said Tuesday. It's a line that federal officials say was flagrantly broken at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
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September 13, 2000
Effective prisons can make a difference in inmates' lives Gregory Kane recently acknowledged two restorative justice programs at the Patuxent Institution: the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund walk-a-thon and the "Reasoned Straight" program ("Inmates' fund-raiser offers a break from stereotype," Sept. 3). On behalf of the institution, I thank Mr. Kane for calling attention to the inmates' efforts. I would also note that these are not our inmates' only efforts to give back to the community.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2002
Two by two the young men, shackled only by fear, walked the moonlight path from freedom into the walls of Patuxent Institution. They weren't prisoners, but some of these youngsters from Anne Arundel County acknowledged that they could be someday. "I'm just screwing up in school, and I don't really care," said Bryan Imhoff, 14, of Linthicum. "I'm here to try to stop what I'm doing now so I don't end up back in here." As part of a 23-year-old program called Reasoned Straight, Imhoff and 16 other Anne Arundel County boys, mostly in their early teens, got an inside peek one evening last week at a maximum-security prison - and at what can happen if they choose a life of crime.
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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1999
An armed robber and his prison psychologist paramour are being investigated in a series of alleged mail order schemes through an Annapolis post office box, state police said.Fliers detailing the operation were found at the home of psychologist Elizabeth L. Feil, who is being investigated to determine whether she aided in the escape of her former patient, Byron Smoot, from Maryland Correctional Institution -- Jessup. Shoe boxes filled with correspondence between Feil and other inmates were discovered by her husband, Glenn Bosshard, at their Annapolis home and turned over to police.
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